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offence

see CRIME.

OFFENCE, crimes. The doing that which a penal law forbids to be done, or omitting to do what it commands; in this sense it is nearly synonymous with crime. (q.v.) In a more confined sense, it may be considered as having the same meaning with misdemeanor, (q.v.) but it differs from it in this, that it is not indictable, but punishable summarily by the forfeiture of a penalty. 1 Chit. Prac. 14.

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He then rose from his knee, folded his arm on his bosom, and in a manner rather respectful than submissive, awaited the answer of the King, like one who is conscious he may have given offence, yet is confident in the rectitude of his motive.
Autumn 2016 saw the HMRC publish an updated draft on the guidance for the new corporate criminal offence of failing to prevent the criminal facilitation of tax evasion.
The bulletin presents information on first time entrants (or, disposals relating to first offences) to the criminal justice system disaggregated by age, gender, offence category and disposal type for 2015/16.
A 38-year-old has been charged with one offence of kidnap.
Often, the most common offences are multiple MS90 codes - not identifying the driver after an offence - the Ministry of Justice is looking to tighten this up.
Figures from the Ministry of Justice show that there were 3,540 convictions of people in the West Midlands for an offence committed while on bail in 2013.
Some 76,802 criminals found guilty of at least their sixth offence in 2012 avoided prison, according to figures released by campaigners the Centre for Crime Prevention.
According to the Foreign Ministry, 346 Pakistani prisoners are imprisoned in Afghanistan jails in offence of terrorism activities, Talibanization, fake currency, murder, theft, fake NIC, drug, rape and illegal stay.
In Saudia Arabia 1920 Pakistani prisoners are in jails in offence of drug trafficking, theft and rape.
75 per cent of horses' performances resulted in a whip offence.
July 11, 2005: One offence of failing to ensure a child attends school.
The first offence is the crime of "inciting hatred against any identifiable group" by "communicating statements in any public place", "whereby such incitement is likely to lead to a breach of the peace.